Olympic gold medallist sprinter Jason Gardener has taken over the baton from team-mate Darren Campbell as guest speaker at this year’s Burnley Community Sports Awards.
Darren was taken seriously ill last month following a collapse at home. Although he is recovering well, he has taken the decision to cancel all his commitments over the summer in order to rest and spend time with his family.
His spot will be taken by fellow GB relay team-mate Jason Gardener at the glittering prize ceremony at the Burnley Mechanics Theatre on Thursday July 19th.
Burnley Community Sports Awards were established to recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of local people and communities to sport, physical activity, and community development.
The awards pay tribute to those who show dedication at a range of levels or those who work tirelessly to support individuals or community clubs, for the love of the sport and their community. The awards are being organised by Burnley Leisure.
The nominations are in and all shortlisted nominees will be invited to the evening along with some of their family and friends.
Jason Gardener is one of the UK's all-time great sprinters. He achieved one of his ultimate ambitions at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games by winning gold in the men's 4 x 100 metre relay.
Earlier that year he became World Indoor Champion over 60 metres. Winner of four European indoor championship titles over 60 metres and a Commonwealth Games Champion for the 4x100 metre relay, he is a member of the very select sub-10 second club for 100 metres.